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23 Apr 2018 by HUGZ

A Breakdown Of Neymar's Champions League Goals

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Brazilian superstar Neymar has notched 27 goals in 48 Champions League appearances so far in his career and, at the age of 26, will surely go on to score plenty more.

Here we break down the forward's UCL goals - which includes his strikes for current club Paris St-Germain as well as former employers Barcelona - into various categories:

BY SEASON

2013/14 4
2014/15 10
2015/16 3
2016/17 4
2017/18 6
  • Neymar's most prolific UCL season was during the 2014/15 campaign when he found the net 10 times as he helped Barcelona claim the title. He was the joint top goalscorer that year along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

BY ROUND

Group Stage 16
Round of 16 3
Quarter-final 4
Semi-final 3
Final 1
  • The Brazilian has scored at least once in every round of the competition.

BY PITCH AREA

Penalty Area 19
6 Yard Box 2
Outside Penalty Area 6
  • Over 70% of Neymar's UCL goals have come from inside the penalty area. 22.2% have come from outside the box.

METHOD OF GOALS

Right 20
Head 1
Left 6
  • Neymar's favoured right foot has accounted for 20 of his 27 Champions League goals (74.1%). He has scored just one header in the competition, which came against current club Paris St-Germain whilst at Barcelona.

TYPE OF GOALS

Open Play 22
Direct Free Kick3
Penalty 2
  • 81.5% of the Brazilian's goals have come from open play. Both of the penalties he has scored came for Barcelona; again, one of those was against his current team.

BY HALF

1st Half 14
2nd Half 13
1st Half ET 0
2nd Half ET 0
  • There is a fairly even distribution between goals scored in the first half (14) compared with the second half (13). Neymar has yet to feature in a UCL match that has gone to extra-time.

BY MINUTE

1–15 4
16–30 6
31–45 4
46–60 4
61–75 3
76–90 6
91-105 0
106-120 0
  • Neymar has scored fairly evenly throughout Champions League matches, with his most prostperous periods being between the 16th and 30th minute and also between the 76th and 90th (six goals each).

NATIONS SCORED AGAINST

Scotland 7
France 7
Germany 4
Belarus 2
England 2
Belgium 2
Spain 1
Netherlands 1
Italy 1
  • Teams hailing from nine different nations have been on the receiving end of a Neymar goal in the Champions League.

TEAMS SCORED AGAINST

Celtic 7
Paris Saint-Germain 7
Bayern Munich 4
Anderlecht 2
BATE Borisov 2
Ajax 1
Arsenal 1
Atletico Madrid 1
Juventus 1
Manchester City 1
  • The 26-year-old has scored seven times against both Celtic and Paris St-Germain. He has faced both those clubs on six separate occasions in the competition.

GOALKEEPERS SCORED AGAINST

Salvatore Sirigu 5
Fraser Forster 3
Manuel Neuer 3
Craig Gordon 3
Siarhei Chernik 2
Kevin Trapp 2
Thibaut Courtois 1
Jasper Cillessen 1
Gianluigi Buffon 1
David Ospina 1
Dorus De Vries 1
Claudio Bravo 1
Sven Ulreich 1
Matz Sels 1
Frank Boeckx 1
  • 15 different goalkeepers have fallen victim to Neymar in the competition, with former Paris stopper Salvatore Sirigu conceding the most times to the Brazilian (five times).

TOP ASSISTERS

Lionel Messi 4
Luis Suarez 4
Andres Iniesta 3
Adrien Rabiot 2
Dani Alves 2
Marco Veratti 1
Martin Montoya 1
Pedro Rodriguez 1
Xavi Hernandez 1
  • Combining for Barcelona's lethal 'MSN' attacking trident, former teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have assisted Neymar the most in the Champions League - four times each.